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Frequently Asked Questions

Notice: 

Albion Street Group Practice and Park Medical Practice are considering becoming one partnership, but continuing to operate from two separate clinical sites for now.  Patients will still access all their usual care at the practice at which they are currently registered (ie there are no changes to the place where patients access their care). Please see the document "Frequently asked questions"  for more details' This will be discusses again at the next patient Participation Group meetings in each practice.

Dates of future  Albion Street Group meetings are:

Tuesday 30th April 6:30pm

Tuesday 30th July 6:30pm

Thursday 7th November 2pm

Blood Tests

blood_tests_4A blood test is when a sample of blood is taken for testing in a laboratory. Blood tests have a wide range of uses and are one of the most common types of medical test. For example, a blood test can be used to:

  • assess your general state of health
  • confirm the presence of a bacterial or viral infection
  • see how well certain organs, such as the liver and kidneys, are functioning
A blood test usually involves the phlebotomist taking a blood sample from a blood vessel in your arm. and the usual place for a sample is the inside of the elbow or wrist, where the veins are relatively close to the surface. Blood samples from children are most commonly taken from the back of the hand. The child's hand will be anaesthetised (numbed) with a special cream before the sample is taken.

 

You can find out more about blood tests, their purpose and the way they are performed on the NHS Choices website.

 
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